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Hospital Throws Mom Out for Breastfeeding

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Erin Peña posted those words on the Facebook wall of KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas, this week after she says she was asked to leave University Medical Center (UMC) for breastfeeding her 4-month-old child, which is completely within her rights. Not to mention a pediatrician's office is certainly an unexpected place for such a request to be made of a new mom waiting for her baby's vaccine appointment.
Peña tells Yahoo Parenting that if she'd been breastfeeding at a private business, like a restaurant, and been asked to leave, she would have (although he wouldn't have to — Texas law states, " A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be"). "This, however, was a public hospital and a pediatrician and ObGyn office," says Peña. "This is the last place I should be harassed and threatened for breastfeeding. They broke the law, violated my rights, and denied my baby necessary medical treatment. Even ignoring the law, simple human decency and common sense should have led them to behave differently."

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